U.S. Senate preps big tax, climate and health bill after deal struck with Sinema
U.S. Senate Democrats’ wide-ranging tax, climate and health bill appears set to pass after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona struck a deal to soften the measure’s corporate tax increase and a second tax hike aimed at wealthy finance-sector workers, Schumer told reporters Friday.
Here’s how broken Washington is: Democrats agreeing with each other is big news | John L. Micek
Our pugilistic politics are exhausting the voters — who rightfully expect better. But how to get there?
U.S. Senate Dems advance Medicare prescription drug negotiation plan
The proposal would allow Medicare to begin negotiating some prescription drug prices starting in 2023.
Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short
The Senate rejected a similar bill in February. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined Republicans to defeat a procedural vote, 46-48.
Schumer, Booker, Wyden ask U.S. Senate colleagues for help on marijuana reform
The biggest hurdle for the legislation would be garnering support from at least 10 Republican senators, the minimum number needed to advance a bill in the evenly divided Senate.
Schumer vows U.S. Senate action on voting rights and social policy, as Manchin rift deepens
In a letter to Democratic colleagues Monday, Schumer, of New York, said the Senate would vote in early January on a new version of President Joe Biden’s $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill, as well as voting rights legislation deemed essential by many Democrats in advance of the midterm elections.
How four songs about time explain our current politics and what’s at stake | Fletcher McClellan
Much of our politics and government is framed, even forced by time, whether it is a legal or self-imposed deadline.
Democrats unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on Tuesday to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led by […]
Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level
The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis.
Learning to love one-party rule: A Beginner’s Guide | Bruce Ledewitz
In a hyper-partisan time like ours, one-party rule means that things can get done. It also fosters competition between the parties.
Pa.’s Toomey, lawmakers resolve fed loan standoff, clearing path for COVID relief bill, report
In a statement released by his office, Toomey called the compromise "an unqualified victory for taxpayers. Senate Republicans achieved all four of our objectives regarding the CARES Act 13(3) Federal Reserve lending programs."
Fox News says impeachment is boring. Don’t listen. It’s history before your eyes | John L. Micek
More than once, readers have written in, or people have stopped me, to complain about their fellow Americans’ ignorance of the basic functions of government. Incandescent with anger, they’ll complain that, while their neighbors don’t know the name of their local member of Congress, they can absolutely tell you what happened on the latest episode […]